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Did Striking Workers Abuse Nursing Home Patients?

Did someone in two separate Connecticut nursing homes purposely endangered patients? Reported in the Hartford Courant, Danbury and Newington police records indicate workers switched or removed patient name tags and interfered with medical records of patient just before the staff went on strike. Additionally, less dangerous forms of sabotage were discovered by the nursing home directors including hidden equipment needed for patient care.

Due to privacy regulations closed circuit cameras are not allowed in the areas where the vandalism occurred.

“Based on the fact that there was unrestricted, unsupervised access to the entire building by every employee who worked the evening and midnight shift between July 2 and July 3 and that there are no cameras to provide any footage of the areas [where] the items went missing, there is a very low probability of identifying any suspects or witnesses,” the Newington police complaint said.

According to the Courant article, “Several union members in Newington were so disbelieving of the accusations that they speculated that the managers staged the sabotage to make the union look bad.

On the picket line Wednesday, Tanya Beckford said that if any of her co-workers did do the things described in the police reports, “that would not be cool at all. In the end, it’s about the residents.””

Our frail elderly, once the backbone of this country, should always be treated with respect.  It is inconceivable that someone entrusted with the care of these, the most vulnerable in our society, would abuse this privilege.

For more information read the complete article at Courant.



CNN Reports Back Romney Bain Claims

If you tell a lie often enough people will believe you. This seems to be the case for Team Obama regarding Mitt Romney’s departure from Bain Capital. Continuing to spread falsehoods and exaggerations may turn one or two naive voters back to the Obama camp.

CNN should have no axe to grind in this story. If anything they are trying to improve their viewership by reminding us that they can report unbiased news. You can help by refuting the stories with news clips like this:

Harassed Bus Monitor Follow Up

Remember the school bus monitor who was bullied by several rotten junior high boys? Here’s an update.

The students involved have been suspended for one year from their school.

After Toronto blogger Max Sidorov, heard about the bullying and saw the video he wanted to give Karen Klein a good vacation as a show of support. Today he has raised over $676,000.

Grandmother Klein plans on donating some of the money to charities including a couple in honor of her grandchildren who have Down’s Syndrome and Autism. She also is not returning to work.

The video below shares a meeting with Klein and the blogger who started the fundraiser:

Texas Supreme Court Decision Strengthens State’s Workers’ Comp Law

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Supreme Court of Texas issued a decision today in Texas Mutual Insurance Company v. Timothy J. Ruttiger that strengthens a law affecting millions of Texans—the Workers’ Compensation Act.

The Court reversed the Houston Court of Appeals and rendered judgment that Mr. Ruttiger take nothing on his Insurance Code and Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act claims.

Justice Phil Johnson wrote in strong terms that a bad faith cause of action is inconsistent with the current workers’ compensation system.

“[If the plaintiff were to prevail, the precedent would build] additional costs into the system by increasing litigation expense to employees, insurers and employers,” Justice Johnson wrote. “The way the dispute was resolved after Ruttiger initiated the dispute resolution process is the way the Act is designed to function.”

Lawsuits claiming “bad faith” on the part of all insurance carriers, Texas Mutual included, were on the increase when the Ruttiger case first came to the courts. In 2004, Texas Mutual disputed Mr. Ruttiger’s claim for an on-the-job injury because his employer reported that he was hurt at a non-work related softball game. Texas Mutual ultimately entered into a compromise agreement with Mr. Ruttiger over the claim. In 2006, a trial court found that the company’s adjuster had acted in “bad faith” by believing the employer instead of Mr. Ruttiger. The court awarded money to Mr. Ruttiger in excess of the amounts Texas Mutual had already paid him to cover his medical costs and replace his wages. He was also awarded extra money for his “mental anguish over having his claim disputed.”

The First Court of Appeals in Houston upheld the original decision, and Texas Mutual appealed to the Supreme Court.

“The Texas Supreme Court has today given careful consideration to the many speedy remedies and protections that the Legislature has granted to injured workers,” Mary Barrow Nichols, General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Texas Mutual, said.  “It found that permitting an injured worker to additionally recover with a lawsuit of this kind is inconsistent with these remedies and protections. This decision is a significant victory for Texas employers.”

To see the full text of the decision, please visit www.supreme.courts.state.tx.us/.

Texas Mutual Insurance Company

Austin-based Texas Mutual Insurance Company is the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance, with approximately 32 percent of the market. Since 1991, the company has provided a stable, competitively priced source of workers’ comp insurance for Texas employers. Helping employers prevent workplace accidents is a major part of Texas Mutual’s mission. For more information, visitwww.texasmutual.com.

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Civilians Offered Opportunity to ‘Secure a Job, Support Our Troops’ This Memorial Day

Civilian Corps Chief, Recruitment & Retention, Informs Radio Audiences of the Thousands of Medical-Related Positions Open in Army Hospitals Across the US and Abroad

BISMARCK, N.D., May 24, 2011 — The Civilian Corps of the United States Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) announces “Secure a Job, Support Our Troops,” a Memorial Day media effort highlighting the many medical-related positions and benefits offered to civilian healthcare workers in Army Medical Treatment Facilities across the US and abroad.

“As many take the time to reflect on the well-being of our soldiers and their families this Memorial Day, Civilian Corps has teamed with several media outlets to expound on the opportunities and benefits available to civilian healthcare workers,” says Dr. Joseph Harrison, Chief, Recruitment & Retention, Headquarters US Army Medical Command, Civilian Human Resources Division. “Bringing awareness to these opportunities benefit those seeking a new job or career change as well as the many enlisted soldiers and their families who depend on various medical services each and every day.”

Interviews, radio PSA copy and ready-to-publish articles are being provided to those media outlets interested in participating in the Secure a Job, Support Our Troops media effort. If interested in taking part or to schedule interviews for future segments or issues, please contact Kimberly Ross at [email protected]

Medical professionals who are interested in working for MEDCOM will join nearly 45,000 other civilians and are not subject to military requirements such as “boot camp,” military uniforms or deployment. Video of employee testimonials can be viewed here:http://www.civilianmedicaljobs.com/?id=62.

For more information please visit the website, http://www.civilianmedicaljobs.com, and be sure to view the on-site calendar for a MEDCOM job fair near you.

The Army Medicine Civilian Corps maintains a day-to-day healthcare of active and retired military personnel and their families through a global network of medical treatment facilities. The Civilian Corps of the United States Army Medical Command (MEDCOM), as part of the United States Army Medical Department, is comprised of civilian federal employees, who work alongside our military counterparts. The Army Medicine Civilian Corps falls under the Department of the Army, which was listed as one of the best places to work in Federal Government 2009.


Kimberly Hodges Ross
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Governor Perry asks Texans to Pray for Rain

This past Thursday, April 21, 2011, the Governor of Texas, Rick Perry issued an Official Proclamation for Days of Prayer for Rain in Texas.

As a citizen of Texas, it is with great humbleness that I submit myself to pray for rain for our drought-ridden state. What saddens me is that as a woman who prays about everything, I have not prayed for rain up until our Governor put out an official proclamation to pray for rain.

I wonder why this is. I guess it’s just one of those simple things that should come naturally but you just don’t stop to think about it.

On a daily and sometimes hourly basis, I pray for this nation, that she will turn back to God;  I pray for our President, that he will humble himself before God and seek God’s will rather than his own selfish ways for this nation he was called to lead; I pray consistently for the complete healing and restoration of body, mind and soul for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who was gunned down in January of this year. In fact, this one event affected me so deeply that the day after the shooting I started a personal prayer blog to specifically pray for her continued progress and healing.

Over the months, this site has grown into praying for a great deal of things that has happened throughout our nation.

Looking back, on the blog site, as well as in my personal, private prayer time, I have no problem praying for the big things as well as the small things. I’m a firm believer that nothing is too big or too small for God Almighty! And yet…. I still had not thought to pray for rain!

I appreciate the fact that Governor Perry, as the elected official of this great State, has made an official proclamation to pray for rain. He has reminded us that we should seek God Almighty with all of our needs, including the weather. While I do not agree with everything that Governor Perry does, and in many ways I see him as just another “typical politician”,  I do see that he is leading in a way that allows God to guide him and direct him in his decisions. Whether or not he personally truly seeks God’s will in his governing I cannot say.  But I would venture to say that he has a fairly strong and faithful prayer life. Whatever the case may be, as far as his personal relationship with God, he has reminded me to pray for rain!

Here in San Antonio it is still dry as a bone. This morning, when I heard the rumblings of thunder, I was prayerful and hopeful that God was going to open up the floodgates of heaven with His soaking rain. However, we have only received a few drops here and there.

Does this mean I believe God has turned His back on believers who are earnestly praying for rain? No, not at all! In fact, in my mind I see it as a searching call from God. It’s almost as if He is saying, “Yes, my children, I hear your prayers. I want to bless you. Can you hear that I am preparing to pour out my blessings of rain for you?” Is it wishful thinking? No, it is hope, faith and trust in God Almighty.

For now, His answer is “no” in response to opening the floodgates of heaven to let it rain abundantly on our state. So I will continue to call upon the Name of the Lord God Almighty to send us the much needed rain in abundance! And if He still continues to say “no” to my prayers? Blessed be the Name of The Lord! He gives and takes away, my heart will choose to say- Blessed be the Name of The Lord!

This song is my prayer, Lord God:




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